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The Growth of Medium-Voltage DC Work
> A REPORT PUBLISHED by Navigant
Research, “Direct Current Distribution
Networks,” examines the opportunity for
direct current (DC) distribution networks
in four key market segments: off-grid/bad
grid telecommunications, data centers,
commercial building grids and off-grid
military applications. Each segment
involves different market assumptions,
dynamics and drivers.
While large, centralized power
plants are expected to continue to
play a role in providing alternating
current (AC) power to the wholesale
macrogrid (the nation’s interconnected
electric transmission grid), there is a
growing momentum at the electric-service-distribution level to diversify
power offerings and pursue solutions
incorporating a growing proportion of
According to Navigant, a
heated debate continues over the
advantages and disadvantages
of DC. The majority of progress
in developing DC-based
technologies has occurred at either the
high-voltage (over 1,000V) or low-voltage
(under 100V) level.
“However, since microgrids and
building-scale nanogrids typically operate
at medium voltage, much work needs to
be done to bridge this voltage innovation
gap,” said Peter Asmus, a principal
research analyst with Navigant. Medium-voltage is defined as roughly 380V–400V.
The utility industry’s current focus
on medium-voltage DC distribution
networks are with systems that are
mostly concentrated on the data center
market segment. However, that can also
apply to commercial buildings.
DC distribution networks face other
challenges, though. One challenge relates
to the need for standards and open-grid
architectures that can help integrate the
increasing diversity of resources.
However, according to Navigant,
there is momentum at the distribution
level of electricity service to diversify
power offerings and pursue hybrid
solutions that incorporate a growing
proportion of DC.
Navigant expects that global DC-distribution-network implementation
revenue will grow from $2.8 billion in
2015 to $5.1 billion in 2024.